Doctor Antonio Lauto

Doctor Antonio Lauto

Senior Lecturer In Nanotechnology,


Dr Lauto obtained the BSc in Physics at the University of Milan, having completed his research project under the supervision of Professors Ilario Boscolo and Claudio Pellegrini ("Enrico Fermi" Award recipient). He received his MSc (Physics) from Macquarie University and PhD (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of New South Wales. He worked for several years as a Research Fellow at Cornell University and The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (USA). Dr Lauto’s multidisciplinary research spans the fields of Biomedical Physics to Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics; his research is currently focused on the development of minimal invasive devices for tissue repair and regeneration. This research has resulted in the invention of new biocompatible tissue adhesives, which have been patented and commercialized. Other research interests are the photodynamic treatment of pathological fungi and the implementation of nanotechnology to biomedical devices.

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  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • MSc Macquarie University
  • BSc University of Milan

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Science


Phone: (02) 4620 3235
Location: 21.1.24

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Chapters in Books

  • Lauto, A., Ruprai, H. and Hook, J. (2017), 'Adhesives : tissue repair and reconstruction', Concise Encyclopedia of Biomedical Polymers and Polymeric Biomaterials, CRC Press 9781439898550.
  • Mawad, D., Lauto, A. and Wallace, G. (2016), 'Conductive polymer hydrogels', Polymeric Hydrogels as Smart Biomaterials, Springer 9783319253206.

Journal Articles

  • Ruprai, H., Shanu, A., Mawad, D., Hook, J., Killian, K., George, L., Wuhrer, R., Houang, J., Myers, S. and Lauto, A. (2020), 'Porous chitosan adhesives with L-DOPA for enhanced photochemical tissue bonding', Acta Biomaterialia, vol 101 , pp 314 - 326.
  • Hopkins, J., Travaglini, L., Lauto, A., Cramer, T., Fraboni, B., Seidel, J. and Mawad, D. (2019), 'Photoactive organic substrates for cell stimulation : progress and perspectives', Advanced Materials Technologies, vol 4, no 5 .
  • Sliow, A., Ma, Z., Gargiulo, G., Mahns, D., Mawad, D., Breen, P., Stoodley, M., Houang, J., Kuchel, R., Tettamanzi, G., Tilley, R., Frost, S., Morley, J., Longo, L. and Lauto, A. (2019), 'Stimulation and repair of peripheral nerves using bioadhesive graft-antenna', Advanced Science, vol 6, no 11 .
  • Hoang, A., Ruprai, H., Fidanovski, K., Eslami, M., Lauto, A., Daniels, J. and Mawad, D. (2019), 'Porous and sutureless bioelectronic patch with retained electronic properties under cyclic stretching', Applied Materials Today, vol 15 , pp 315 - 322.
  • Ruprai, H., Romanazzo, S., Ireland, J., Kilian, K., Mawad, D., George, L., Wuhrer, R., Houang, J., Ta, D., Myers, S. and Lauto, A. (2019), 'Porous chitosan films support stem cells and facilitate sutureless tissue repair', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol 11, no 36 , pp 32613 - 32622.
  • Hopkins, J., Fidanovski, K., Lauto, A. and Mawad, D. (2019), 'All-organic semiconductors for electrochemical biosensors : an overview of recent progress in material design', Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, vol 7 .
  • Houang, J., Perrone, G., Mawad, D., Boughton, P., Ruys, A. and Lauto, A. (2018), 'Light treatments of nail fungal infections', Journal of Biophotonics, vol 11, no 3 .
  • Frost, S., Mawad, D., Wuhrer, R., Myers, S. and Lauto, A. (2018), 'Semitransparent bandages based on chitosan and extracellular matrix for photochemical tissue bonding', BioMedical Engineering Online, vol 17, no 1 .
  • Cui, C., Faraji, N., Lauto, A., Travaglini, L., Tonkin, J., Mahns, D., Humphrey, E., Terracciano, C., Gooding, J., Seidel, J. and Mawad, D. (2018), 'A flexible polyaniline-based bioelectronic patch', Biomaterials Science, vol 6, no 3 , pp 493 - 500.
  • Jiang, L., Gentile, C., Lauto, A., Cui, C., Song, Y., Romeo, T., Silva, S., Tang, O., Sharma, P., Figtree, G., Gooding, J. and Mawad, D. (2017), 'Versatile fabrication approach of conductive hydrogels via copolymerization with vinyl monomers', ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol 9, no 50 , pp 44124 - 44133.
  • Shanu, A., Lauto, A. and Myers, S. (2017), 'The role of human coactosin-like protein in neurodegenerative disorders', Biochemistry and Modern Applications, vol 1, no 1 , pp 20 - 24.
  • Frost, S., Mawad, D., Hook, J. and Lauto, A. (2016), 'Micro- and nanostructured biomaterials for sutureless tissue repair', Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol 5, no 4 , pp 401 - 414.
  • Nguyen, H., Lauto, A., Shanu, A. and Myers, S. (2016), 'Chloride intracellular channel protein 1 and its role in neurodegenerative disorders and cancerous tumors', Biochemistry and Analytical Biochemistry, vol 5, no 1 .
  • Shaikh, S., Shortland, P., Lauto, A., Barton, M., Morley, J. and Mahns, D. (2016), 'Sensory perturbations using suture and sutureless repair of transected median nerve in rats', Somatosensory and Motor Research, vol 33, no 1 , pp 20 - 28.
  • Frost, S., Mawad, D., Higgins, M., Ruprai, H., Kuchel, R., Tilley, R., Myers, S., Hook, J. and Lauto, A. (2016), 'Gecko-inspired chitosan adhesive for tissue repair', NPG Asia Materials, vol 8 .
  • Gooding, J., Mawad, D., Artzy-Schnirman, A., Tonkin, J., Ramos, J., Inal, S., Mahat, M., Darwish, N., Zwi-Dantsis, L., Malliaras, G., Lauto, A. and Stevens, M. (2016), 'Electroconductive hydrogel based on functional poly(ethylenedioxy thiophene)', Chemistry of Materials, vol 28, no 17 , pp 6080 - 6088.
  • Mawad, D., Mansfield, C., Lauto, A., Perbellini, F., Nelson, G., Tonkin, J., Bello, S., Carrad., D., Micolich, A., Mahat, M., Furman, J., Payne, D., Lyon, A., Gooding, J., Harding, S., Terracciano, C. and Stevens, M. (2016), 'A conducting polymer with enhanced electronic stability applied in cardiac models', Science Advances, vol 2, no 11 .
  • Stimpson, S., Lauto, A., Coorssen, J. and Myers, S. (2016), 'Isolation and identification of ER associated proteins with unique expression changes specific to the V144D SPTLC1 mutations in HSN-I', Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry, vol 5, no 1 .
  • Ark, M., Boughton, P., Lauto, A., Tran, G., Chen, Y., Cosman, P. and Dunstan, C. (2016), 'Characterisation of a novel light activated adhesive scaffold : potential for device attachment', Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, vol 62 , pp 433 - 445.
  • Barton, M., Morley, J., Stoodley, M., Shaikh, S., Mahns, D. and Lauto, A. (2015), 'Long term recovery of median nerve repair using laser-activated chitosan adhesive films', Journal of Biophotonics, .
  • Mawad, D., Warren, C., Barton, M., Mahns, D., Morley, J., Pham, B., Pham, N., Kueh, S. and Lauto, A. (2015), 'Lysozyme depolymerization of photo-activated chitosan adhesive films', Carbohydrate Polymers, vol 121 , pp 56 - 63.
  • Cronin, L., Moffitt, M., Mawad, D., Morton, O., Lauto, A. and Stack, C. (2014), 'An in vitro study of the photodynamic effect of rose bengal on Trichophyton rubrum.', Journal of Biophotonics, vol 7, no 6 , pp 410 - 417.
  • Cronin, L., Mildern, R., Moffitt, M., Lauto, A., Morton, O. and Stack, C. (2014), 'An investigation into the inhibitory effect of ultraviolet radiation on Trichophyton rubrum', Lasers in Medical Science, vol 29, no 1 , pp 157 - 163.
  • Barton, M., Morley, J., Stoodley, M., Lauto, A. and Mahns, D. (2014), 'Nerve repair : toward a sutureless approach', Neurosurgical Review, vol 37, no 4 , pp 585 - 595.
  • Barton, M., Morley, J., Mahns, D., Mawad, D., Wuhrer, R., Fania, D., Frost, S., Loebbe, C. and Lauto, A. (2014), 'Tissue repair strength using chitosan adhesives with different physical-chemical characteristics', Journal of Biophotonics, vol 7, no 11-12 , pp 948 - 955.
  • Mnatsakanyan, M., Thevarajah, J., Roi, R., Lauto, A., Gaborieau, M. and Castignolles, P. (2013), 'Separation of chitosan by degree of acetylation using simple free solution capillary electrophoresis', Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, vol 405, no 21 , pp 6873 - 6877.
  • Barton, M., Morley, J., Stoodley, M., Ng, K., Piller, S., Duong, H., Mawad, D., Mahns, D. and Lauto, A. (2013), 'Laser-activated adhesive films for sutureless median nerve anastomosis', Journal of Biophotonics, vol 6, no 11-12 , pp 938 - 949.
  • Menzies, C., Lauto, A., Mirto, L., Gogh, B., Ruys, A., Bandyopadhyay, S., Carter, P. and Boughton, P. (2013), 'A nested-lumen nerve graft design for neuroengineering', Journal of Biomimetics Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, vol 18, no 1 , pp 2 - 8.
  • Barton, M., Piller, S., Mahns, D., Morley, J., Mawad, D., Longo, L. and Lauto, A. (2012), 'In vitro cell compatibility study of rose bengal-chitosan adhesives', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 44, no 9 , pp 762 - 768.
  • Mawad, D., Boughton, P., Boughton, E. and Lauto, A. (2012), 'Advances in hydrogels applied to degenerative diseases', Current Pharmaceutical Design, vol 18, no 18 , pp 2558 - 2575.
  • Lauto, A., Stoodley, M., Barton, M., Morley, J., Mahns, D., Longo, L. and Mawad, D. (2012), 'Fabrication and application of rose bengal-chitosan films in laser tissue repair', Journal of Visualized Experiments, , no 68 .
  • Lauto, A., Mawad, D., Barton, M., Gupta, A., Piller, S. and Hook, J. (2010), 'Photochemical tissue bonding with chitosan adhesive films', BioMedical Engineering Online, vol 9 .
  • Mawad, D., Lauto, A., Penciu, A., Mehier, H., Fenet, B., Fessi, H. and Chevalier, Y. (2010), 'Synthesis and characterization of novel radiopaque poly(allyl amine) nanoparticles', Nanotechnology, vol 21, no 33 .
  • Lauto, A. (2009), 'Integration of extracellular matrix with chitosan adhesive film for sutureless tissue fixation', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 41, no 5 , pp 366 - 371.
  • Marcal, H., Wanandy, N., Sanguanchaipaiwong, V., Woolnough, C., Lauto, A., Mahler, S. and Foster, L. (2008), 'BioPEGylation of polyhydroxyalkanoates : influence on properties and satellite-stem cell cycle', Biomacromolecules, vol 9, no 10 , pp 2719 - 2726.
  • Lauto, A., Mawad, D. and Foster, L. (2008), 'Adhesive biomaterials for tissue reconstruction', Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, vol 83, no 4 , pp 464 - 472.
  • Mawad, D., Foster, J. and Lauto, A. (2008), 'Drug-delivery study and estimation of polymer-solvent interaction parameter for bisacrylate ester-modified Pluronic hydrogels', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, vol 360, no 40575 , pp 231 - 235.
  • Lauto, A., Foster, L., Avolio, A., Sampson, D., Raston, C., Sarris, M., McKenzie, G. and Stoodley, M. (2008), 'Sutureless nerve repair with laser-activated chitosan adhesive : a pilot in vivo study', Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, vol 26, no 3 , pp 227 - 234.
  • Lauto, A., Stoodley, M., Marcel, H., Avolio, A., Sarris, M., McKenzie, G., Sampson, D. and Foster, L. (2007), 'In vitro and in vivo tissue repair with laser-activated chitosan adhesive', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 39, no 1 , pp 19 - 27.
  • Fabbri, I., Lauto, A. and Lucianetti, A. (2007), 'A spiral index profile for high power optical fibers', Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, vol 9, no 11 , pp 963 - 971.
  • Lauto, A., Hook, J., Doran, M., Camacho, F., Poole-Warren, L., Avolio, A. and Foster, L. (2005), 'Chitosan adhesive for laser tissue repair: In vitro characterization', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 36, no 3 , pp 193 - 201.
  • Lauto, A., Foster, L., Ferris, L., Avolio, A., Zwaneveld, N. and Poole-Warren, L. (2004), 'Albumin-genipin solder for laser tissue repair', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 35, no 2 , pp 140 - 145.
  • Jackson, S. and Lauto, A. (2002), 'Diode-pumped fiber lasers: A new clinical tool?', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 30, no 3 , pp 184 - 190.
  • Lauto, A., Stewart, R., Ohebshalom, M., Nikkoi, N., Felsen, D. and Poppas, D. (2001), 'Impact of solubility on laser tissue-welding with albumin solid solders', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 28, no 1 , pp 44 - 49.
  • Lauto, A., Hamawy, A., Phillips, A., Petratos, P., Raman, J., Felsen, D., Ko, W. and Poppas, D. (2001), 'Carotid artery anastomosis with albumin solder and near infrared lasers: A comparative study', Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol 28, no 1 , pp 50 - 55.
  • Lauto, A., Ohebshalom, M., Esposito, M., Mingin, J., Li, P., Felsen, D., Goldstein, M. and Poppas, D. (2001), 'Self-expandable chitosan stent: Design and preparation', Biomaterials, vol 22, no 13 , pp 1869 - 1874.

Conference Papers

  • Houang, J., Perrone, G., Pedrinazzi, C., Longo, L., Mawad, D., Boughton, P., Ruys, A. and Lauto, A. (2019), 'A genome-wide screen for tolerance to rose bengal photodynamic therapy and its use in onychomycosis treatment', SPIE BIOS: Photonic Diagnosis and Treatment of Infections and Inflammatory Diseases, San Francisco, Calif..
  • Lauto, A., Mawad, D., Barton, M., Piller, S. and Longo, L. (2011), 'Chitosan adhesive films for photochemical tissue bonding', Annual Congress of the International Academy Laser Medicine and Surgery, Florence, Italy.
  • Lauto, A. and Mawad, D. (2011), 'Chitosan-ECM Bandages for Photochemical Tissue Repair', Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Pacific Rim (CLEOPR), Sydney, Australia.
  • Lauto, A., Stoodley, M., Avolio, A. and Foster, L. (2006), 'Chitosan adhesive for laser tissue repair', Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE , .
  • Lauto, A., Foster, J., Aviolio, A. and Poole-Warren, L. (2004), 'Albumin-genipin solder for laser tissue-welding', Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE , .
  • Lauto, A., Foster, J., Ferris, L., Avolio, A. and Poole-Warren, L. (2004), 'Albumin-genipin solder for laser tissue-welding', Transactions - 7th World Biomaterials Congress , .
  • Lauto, A., Stewart, R., Felsen, D., Foster, J., Poole-Warren, L. and Poppas, D. (2002), 'Low temperature solder for laser tissue welding', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , .

Other Publications

  • 2013, 'An Apparatus and Method for Facilitating Treatment of Tissue', Patent

Current Projects

Title: Bioelectronics: addressing the biointerface challenge (via UNSW)
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Antonio Lauto
Years: 2019-01-12 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00024836

Previous Projects

Title: Fabrication of Graft-Antenna Prototype for Nerve Stimulation
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Antonio Lauto and John Morley
Years: 2012-11-15 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00021231
Title: Microwave Stimulation for Nerve Regeneration
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Antonio Lauto and Upul Gunawardana
Years: 2009-12-04 - 2010-12-03
ID: P00017744
Title: Laser-activated Bioadhesive for Sutureless Tissue Repair
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Antonio Lauto
Years: 2008-09-24 - 2009-09-23
ID: P00016339
Title: Chitosan Adhesive Bandages with Integrated Extracellular Matrix for Sutureless Nerve Repair
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Antonio Lauto
Years: 2011-01-17 - 2012-01-16
ID: P00020047
Title: Chitosan conjugation for bioadhesives and stem cell culture
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Marion Gaborieau, Antonio Lauto and Michael O'Connor
Years: 2011-11-09 - 2012-11-08
ID: P00020495
Title: Biocompatible Graft - Antenna for Nerve Repair and Regeneration
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Antonio Lauto
Years: 2011-05-18 - 2012-03-31
ID: P00020344


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Developing Chitosan-based Adhesives for Sutureless Nerve Repair
Field of Research:

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